Arizona recorded its next-best COVID-19 scenario count on Saturday at 16,504. 

Additional than 1,000 health care employees from throughout the point out signed an open up letter urging proactive COVID-19 mitigation measures, together with imposing mask mandates in school rooms and expanding testing internet sites.

 “It’s going to crush the method, and so we are striving to figure out how to re-empower our health care workforce and considering about an open letter. Our entire total group needs to be equipped to converse up and be read,” mentioned Dr. Bradley Dreifuss.

The letter signed by in excess of 1,000 individuals was tackled to Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Section of Wellness Companies Interim Director, users of the state legislature, Arizona’s mayors, as nicely as many other folks.

The letter emphasizes the urgent need for proactive measures and warns that without imminent motion, Arizona will face the collapse of its healthcare process. 

Dreifuss, an crisis medication medical doctor at the University of Arizona College of Drugs in Tucson claims, “we are observing our hospitals in even worse and even worse problem and having more and much more preventable deaths, not just from clients with COVID.”

The letter place with each other by medical professionals, nurses and other healthcare personnel is begging condition officials to mandate masks for K-12 grades as properly as all indoor community sites. It also desires to maximize COVID testing, offer no cost at-residence test kits, carry out vaccine needs for entry into some community institutions, reintroduce mass vaccine web-sites, as nicely as other demands.

Very last calendar year, COVID-19 was the foremost lead to of loss of life in Arizona, just ahead of cancer and coronary heart sickness. Inside the very last 7 days, they say the point out has had the fewest quantity of out there hospital beds considering that the get started of the pandemic, and the scarcity of staff has forced the CDC to change its guidelines after once again declaring if you are a health care employee and take a look at beneficial for COVID, but sense fine, you can still perform.

Dr. Frank LoVecchio, an crisis area health practitioner at Valleywise Health, suggests, “And in just the last 48 hrs or so, that is transformed to say ‘Hey if you test good for COVID-19 and you feel ok, you should occur to do the job and wear your N95 mask.’”

FOX 10 reached out to the governor’s place of work for remark. They informed us they have received the letter and will proceed doing the job with the AZDHS and other overall health officials to deal with this will need going forward.

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